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Trans bathrooms are a hot button issue right now. Conservative pundits argue that if trans people are permitted to use the women’s restroom, there will be a massive increase in rapes, child molestation cases, and peeping Tom incidents. Even though experts have already proven this notion to be false, this “predator myth” still stubbornly persists despite zero evidence to support it.

What the latest research does show is that not allowing trans people to use the restroom of the gender they identify is incredibly harmful to our children. In other words, the future of society is at stake and it’s up to us to ensure that we create a more inclusive environment for our youth.

The study found that ensuring the safety of trans students in high school bathrooms is essential to providing them with educational equality. Based on surveys of five schools in Michigan conducted in 2014, researchers found that trans students who didn’t feel safe in the bathroom generally didn’t feel safe at school, which could impact their grades and self-esteem.

High school is already a notoriously difficult time, but for trans students trying to figure out their gender identity, it can be even more difficult. What’s more is that high school students have considerably less agency and mobility than adults, which means that when they’re subjected to unsafe conditions, it’s a lot harder for them to do anything about them.

This research comes at an important time, as several U.S. courts are currently dealing with cases related to bathroom access for trans students. This research suggest that even the relatively simple solution of including gender-neutral bathrooms in schools can go a long way towards making these students’ lives a lot easier. That may not address the underlying social problems that make trans students feel unsafe in school bathrooms, but it can help those students get by as we continue to fight for trans inclusion.

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According to the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and the Center for American Progress research shows that children raised by LGBT parents aren’t any different than those raised by non-LGBT parents.

The three different think tanks published a report in November that concluded that sexuality of parents has nothing to do with how happy and healthy children in a family are.  Having scientific data like this is good news for people like Sari Grant, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services recruitment administrator, even if it isn’t a surprise.

 

“We need them,” she explained.  “For us, they’re not a second choice but as good a choice as other families. The sexual orientation of adoptive parents is not really relevant. We look for whether they can provide safe and loving homes.”

 

In fact ,according to Laurie Rein, adoption program manager at the private nonprofit Penny Lane Centers based in North Hills, , LGBT families may have an advantage over traditional ones when it comes to foster children- especially those that are victims of abuse or neglect.

 

“I think gay and lesbian applicants, because they may have gone through adversity themselves – including societal disapproval and rejection, even in their own families – sometimes can actually relate better to the difficulties that the children have gone through.”